Trooper who helped Boston Marathon victims will run again
The Rhode Island state trooper who ran to help the injured after last year's bombings at the Boston Marathon is planning to run again this year, along with 10 fellow troopers.
State Police Capt. Robert Wall says Roupen Bastajian plans to run the April 21 marathon.
Bastajian had just completed the marathon last year and was awaiting attention in a medical tent when the bombs went off.
The former Marine ran toward the crowd and started helping. He received the service ribbon from the state police, the department's highest honor.
Col. Steven O'Donnell of the Rhode Island State Police said the 10 other troopers who plan to run this month include several who ran in last year's marathon.
"We saw in real time the images of two bombs exploding and victims who were killed and those who were gravely injured. However, we also saw Americans at their finest, helping others, who until that very moment, had been strangers," O'Donnell said.
They have raised $12,000 for charity and presented a check Friday to "Cops for Kids with Cancer."
"This is America. This is Boston. This is New England. We run with pride. We live with pride," said Rhode Island State Police Trooper John Gadrow.
NBC 10 contributed to this report.